A few weeks ago, I took a 25 minute drive to visit MacPherson Crafts located in St. Marys, Ontario. For those who love dolls and crafts, you would feel how I felt.. Like I was entering Wonderland! As I trekked my way through the store the more excited I got. Being a doll maker in various mediums for over 10 years, I finally found my favourite medium, Reborning Dolls.
The process of reborning dolls is very lengthy, using Genesis Heat Paint or Air Dry Paints, I paint layer upon layer to recreate realism in the skin and details that you would find on a real baby. The joy I see when people see my work is more than a pay off for me. From painting the vinyl to stuffing the cloth body and dressing the doll I enjoy the process and the transformation of what I create.
While I was there, I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of MacPherson Crafts, Brenda Neufeld. Her kindness and welcoming presence kept me in the store for hours. She not only knew everything about reborning, but she has managed to expand her store to make room for the hundreds of doll sculpts she has available onsite and online.
I browsed through the store finding all the tools that I use to create each doll. A reborn artist has their own idea in mind with each of the sculpts they work on. No two artists are alike therefore making these dolls one of a kind and collectible.
It can take weeks to finish each doll and it is very therapeutic for me. These dolls are also made for children with Autism and people with Alzheimer’s disease, among many other therapy uses.
As the cold Canadian winter approaches I’m ready to “hibernate” and paint as many dolls as I can. Time to stock up on doll making supplies and I am excited for my next visit to this fabulous store.